Hobart Hurricanes locked horns with Melbourne Stars in the 16th match of Big Bash League 2019-20. The match was full of stoppages as the rain intervened during the game a number of times. The showers also shortened the length of the match from 20 to 11 overs per side. However, in the end, the DLS method was used to decide the winner of the game.
Earlier, Stars won the toss and elected to field on a bowling friendly track and got off to a great start. Their fast bowler Daniel Worrall dismissed Hurricanes’ in-form opener D’arcy Short on the third delivery of the innings. The left-handed batsman failed to anticipate the late swing of the ball that took the inside edge of the bat and carried to the wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb’s gloves.
Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin scores as Stars wins the BBL game
Later on, Simon Milenko (12 runs off 9 balls) and Caleb Jewell (26 runs off 28 balls) tried to revive the innings only to fail. Also, the fast bowling unit of Stars was making life tough for the Hurricanes batsmen. During the game, it looked like the match might get abandoned due to rain but that was not the case as the match was reduced to 11 overs and the batting side could only post a minimal score of 69 runs at a loss of five wickets.
Nathan Coulter-Nile turned out to be the best bowler for Stars, who registered good bowling figures of 2/12. He got brilliant support from the other end as Dale Steyn took two whereas Daniel Worrall scalped one wicket. The Stars were set the target of 80 runs in 11 overs in the chase courtesy the DLS method which wasn’t steep by any means.
However, James Faulkner, the seaming all-rounder, scalped two important wickets of Nic Maddinson and Nick Larkin in the very first over of the innings. Looking forward to the bowling friendly conditions the on-field batters Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb steadily started building a partnership to help their side overcome the early setbacks.
It was not a cakewalk for the Stars, who had to hustle up for every run. Marcus Stoinis was the last man to get dismissed before the match was called off due to the rain for the final time. The right-handed batsman smashed 25 runs off 19 balls with three boundaries. The Men in Green were ahead by four runs then according to DLS method and eventually, they won the game. Nathan Coulter Nile was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling.
It also helped Glenn Maxwell and Co. in grabbing two important points and now they have moved up to the table on the second position.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Qais Ahmad is that annoying kid in your junior team that thinks he can bowl spin and quick in the same over and costs you the game #BBL09
— Chris Meister 🏏⚾️🏈🏒 (@sportmeister_) December 30, 2019
Qais Ahmed just cost the Hurricanes that match #BBL09
— Jack Tobin (@jacktobin_) December 30, 2019
All over. Stars win by DLS. Would hate for a final to be decided like that, but not sure what other options there are ? #BBL09
— Lazmeister (@LazmeisterM) December 30, 2019
No Extra Time Is A Disgrace. It's Like They Don't Want The League To Grow #BBL09
— Chatil Panditasekara (@ChatilPandi) December 30, 2019
It's raining so heavily that all the players are standing around on the field having a leisurely chat 😡 #BBL2019 #BBL09
— Brad Henderson (@bradhendosports) December 30, 2019
Qais Ahmad doesn't bowl that ridiculous ball that went for 5 wides and the Hurricanes win…… #BBL09
— Sim Howe (@SimHowe) December 30, 2019
Everyone say thank you Qais Ahmed #BBL09
— Dragun Ser (@akn_xvr) December 30, 2019
GAME OVER. The @StarsBBL have been awarded victory at UTAS Stadium (DLS method) with the remainder of play abandoned due to rain #BBL09 pic.twitter.com/Hojc5ZkEPk
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) December 30, 2019
That's a hell of a thump that Stoinis took to the helmet – appears to be 👍🏻👍🏻 #cricket #BBL09 #HobvStars
— Chris Stockdale (@stockyinoz) December 30, 2019
Yesssssssss @StarsBBL wins it.
Not the way we wanted but we will take it. #BBL09
— Prashant Vangap (@Prash_Royce) December 30, 2019
Not the way one wants to win but hey, we'll take it!
— AJ Back 🏏🏏 (@itsArnaBack) December 30, 2019
We consulted the chicken entrails and decided Melbourne Stars won #BBL09 pic.twitter.com/LfJDoSLFzl
— Hairy Grist Mouse. (@Epigrammist) December 30, 2019
Great if we could hear the post-game discussion between Maxwell, McDermott, and the umpires, but it's pretty hard to when Andy Maher keeps yapping over the top of it. #BBL09 #7Cricket #BBL2019
— Brad Henderson (@bradhendosports) December 30, 2019
Got the W 💚 #teamgreen #wewillshine #BBL09 Go @StarsBBL!!
— Patrick Malone (@PattyMalone2000) December 30, 2019
Only the second most controversial ending to a sporting event at York Park #BBL09
— Trent Conheady (@TrentConheady) December 30, 2019
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